Cristiano Ronaldo Retains FIFA Best Player Award As Buffon, Zidane, Giroud Win
Cristiano Ronaldo was named the best men’s player at the FIFA Best Awards ceremony at the London Palladium theatre on Monday, beating Lionel Messi and Neymar.
FIFA has shifted the ceremony from January to October so players are judged across a European season instead of the calendar year.
The 32-year-old said, “Thanks a lot for voting for me. I mention Leo and Neymar, great to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my team-mates, my coach, they all support me all year.
“We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards. I am really glad, this is a great moment for me. I have fans all over the world.
Ronaldo led Real Madrid to championships in both the UEFA Champions League and La Liga. He scored twice as the Spanish champions beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final in Cardiff.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was awarded the Best Men’ s Coach. Dutch duo Lieke Martens and Sarina Wiegman were rewarded as The Best FIFA Women’ s Player and Women’ s coach.
Gianluigi Buffon was named The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, which was set up for the first time in history.
Fans from around the globe voted in their hundreds of thousands for the Puskas and FIFA Fan Awards, with Frenchman Olivier Giroud the ultimate winner thanks to his superb “scorpion kick” goal scored for Arsenal against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.
Celtic supporters won their second Fan Award, thanks to their stunning 360-degree card tribute to the “Lisbon Lions”.
Full list of awards
Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Women’s Player: Lieke Martens
Men’s Coach: Zinedine Zidane
Women’s Coach: Sarina Wiegman
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
Puskas Award: Olivier Giroud
Fan Award: Celtic supporters
Fair Play Award: Francis Kone
World 11: Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Leonardo Bonucci, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar.